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Tabata High Intensity Interval Training

February 20th, 2015 | Posted by Deborah in Cool Tips - (Comments Off on Tabata High Intensity Interval Training)

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Here at Cool-it Caddy we are sold on Tabata.  A great work out where you will burn calories all day.  We always take a Cool-it Caddy ‘freeze and go’ bag along to the gym that is packed with healthy snacks to get fueled after your work out!
Here is some Tabata info from Skinny Ms.

Tabata

Some say that anything worthwhile takes time and doesn’t come easily. We’re here to prove that old saying wrong. The number 4 is going to be your key to success with this quick fitness calendar and complementary playlist. 4 weeks. 4-minute workouts. 4-minute songs. We’ve created the perfect workout calendar for you.

If you’re not familiar with Tabata routines, you’ve been missing out on the best 4 minutes of your life. Tabata is a variation of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). HIIT routines are high energy workouts that help burn fat in a shorter amount of time by boosting your metabolism, increasing your lean muscle strength, cardiovascular system, and lung capacity. Tabata was discovered by Japanese scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata and his team of researchers at the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Tokyo. While comparing two groups, one group worked for five days a week for an hour, at moderate pace and another group worked 4 days a week for 4 minutes and 20 seconds at a high intensity pace. The end result showed that the second group increased both their cardio and muscular system. Thus Tabata was born.

Tabata routines work as follows: 20 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest. This equals one 30 second round. Depending on how many rounds you have, your end goal becomes 4 minutes total of 8, 30 second rounds. You can do 8 different exercises, 4, or 2, it’s your call. The more diversity in the workout, the more challenging it is, the more muscle groups you target and the better your results will be. This calendar is here to give you these results. 4 weeks of various Tabata routines with the perfect 4-minute song to go with each workout. The songs are high energy and upbeat. When the song ends, your workout ends. 4 minutes listening to amazing music, 4 minutes working out, and most importantly, forever creating lifelong results for your body. You can’t beat that.

Review exercises ahead of time so you know what to expect from your workout. Some workouts have multiple videos, so make sure you only follow the video assigned for that specific day. Work hard from beginning to end, enjoy your rest days, and remember that good things can come at a fast pace.

Take Along Healthy Snacks In A Cool-it Caddy. Pack your healthy eats in an Icepops snack pack bag by Cool-it Caddy.  A great and easy way to take along your snacks for the day while out and about.

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Sticking to your New Years Resolutions?

January 14th, 2015 | Posted by Deborah in Cool Tips - (Comments Off on Sticking to your New Years Resolutions?)

It’s not always so easy!

We have the best of intentions when we state our New Years resolutions but how easy is it to stick to them?  I have a few goals for myself that I thought I would share to hopefully inspire those seeking to get into shape and eat healthier.  We will check back in on these in about two months to see how it is going for me (and you!).

  • Tabata Classes.   I’m going to hit the gym and my Tabata classes at least twice a week. It you haven’t tried it yet, it is a great workout. So what does this mean for you?  This means if you’re Tabatatrying to lose some weight, tighten up, and/or increase your endurance, Tabata training is exactly what the doctor ordered.  Additionally, if you’re one of those people short on time (isn’t this nearly everybody?), Tabata training is a fantastic way to minimize your time spent working out, while maximizing the benefits of your training.

 

  •   Eating Healthy.  I am going to pack my healthy snacks (hard boiled egg, celery with peanut butter, almonds  and some fruit) into baggies and then into my snack pack……Icepops by Cool-it Caddy.   These bags have an integrated Icepops Trio1coolant that you pop into your freezer until frozen and then ‘grab and go’.  Your healthy snacks (or any heat sensitive items such as makeup or medications) are protected and kept icy cool while on the go.  The bags are small enough to fit into a tote, backpack, tennis bag, golf bag, etc.  Great for traveling also because you can skip the airport fast food! Icepops are available at Cool-itCaddy and come in four  great colors!

 

  • Stress less. Enjoy life, family and friends.  Blog post photo Jordan
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Take Along Healthy Snacks In A Cool-it Caddy

October 2nd, 2014 | Posted by Deborah in Cool Tips - (Comments Off on Take Along Healthy Snacks In A Cool-it Caddy)

12 Clean-Eating Snacks for Weight Loss

 

Trying to lose weight? Then you understand how difficult it can be to find tasty foods that promote weight loss. Supermarket snack food shelves are packed with choices that can easily add fat and calories you don’t need. Never fear! We have 12 clean eating snacks to help you lose weight and feel better about what you’re putting into your body.

The fact is that you do need nutritious snacks if you want to shed pounds. For years, conventional wisdom has told us that it’s best to eat those 3 square meals a day. The problem is that during the long stretches between meals, blood sugar drops, creating cravings that take you on a direct path to the nearest chip bag. By adding a healthy mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack to your meal plan, you can avoid the blood sugar dips that transform you into a raving carb or sugar monster.

That’s where clean eating snacks come in. Clean eating is a choice that puts the focus on enjoying foods that are minimally processed and have little or no added sodium or sugar. What’s more, clean eating foods don’t have the chemical additives found in many store brands. You get all the benefits of whole natural food, without the preservatives and artificial colorings the body wasn’t designed to process.

Learn more about clean eating!

When you want to lose weight, clean eating snacks are a smart choice. To get the maximum benefit, the first step is to do a clean sweep of the kitchen and pantry to eliminate unhealthy choices. Then make these low-calorie snacks a regular part of your shopping list. You’ll find it’s easier to stick to healthy choices when nutritious foods are within reach. Remember to tuck snacks, like dried fruit and nut mix, into your purse or bag so you can quell hunger whenever it hits, whether it’s during the mid-afternoon office lull or after yoga class.

12 Clean-Eating Snacks 

1. Apples. You cannot go wrong with apples. They help lower cholesterol by regulating blood sugar and by helping to control the appetite. Eat them fresh or enjoy them in easy-to-make Baked Apple Chips.

2. Peanut Butter and Honey Oat Bars. Instead of reaching for a packaged granola bar, which often floods the body with too much sugar, try these clean eating snacks. Bake a batch, and then keep them handy in the fridge for a healthy grab-n-go snack.

3. Strawberries. This fruit is a natural choice for a weight loss snack. One cup has 100% of your daily vitamin C and it delivers plenty of body-loving antioxidants. Skinny Mini Strawberry Cheesecake takes only a few minutes to prepare and a perfect weight loss treat.

4. Radishes. When you have a taste for variety in your snack food menu, ravishing radishes are the veggie for you. Each little radish has only 1 calorie. Yep. One calorie. Enjoy them with Zucchini Hummus.

5. Bananas. The original superfood, the banana is low in calories and high in healthy carbohydrates that provide endurance and energy. This fruit also contains potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure. Another ideal dessert treat when counting calories is Skinny Mini Banana Pudding.

6. Hard-Boiled Egg. We now understand that eggs are not the health food bad guys we once thought. A single hard-boiled egg is an ideal snack that delivers the protein your muscles need to grow, and, in turn, burn more calories. Deviled Egg, anyone? At 98 calories for one egg, you can’t go wrong.

Whole-Grain-Cinnamon-Pita-Chips7. Whole-Grain Cinnamon Pita Chips. When you want a snack on the sweet side, this is one clean eating snack that delivers. You won’t find processed, chemical, who-knows-what in these tasty treats. (Just remember to stick to the 8-chip portion size)

 

 

8. Greek Yogurt. With more protein than its conventional counterpart, Greek yogurt will fill you up and provide a healthy dose of the probiotics that reduce bloating. That’s an all-around snacking win in our book! Try it in this Curry-Style Greek Yogurt Dip.

9. Broccoli. Nosh on this superfood for the benefit of powerful antioxidants and stomach-filling fiber. Your cells will love the nutritional boost, and you’ll love that you feel full enough to avoid unhealthy snack attacks. Pair broccoli with Skinny Ms. Ranch Dip.

10. Dried Fruit/Nut Mix. Forget store-bought mixes that are loaded with extra salt and too many chocolate candies. Mix your own blend of dried fruits and nuts for a snack that offers healthy omega-3 fats plus protein. Toss in a few dark chocolate chips for an antioxidant boost—but just a few!

11. Grapefruit. Eating grapefruit can be part of a smart weight loss plan. Why? It’s believed the acidity in the citrus fruit slows down digestion. If you’re taking medications, check with your doctor first; grapefruit can interfere with some drugs.

12. Chili Peppers. Weight loss foods don’t come any hotter than chili peppers, which contain a substance called capsaicin, believed to be a natural metabolism booster.

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Healthy Snacking

August 12th, 2014 | Posted by Deborah in Cool Tips - (Comments Off on Healthy Snacking)

Healthy Snacking for Diet Success and for Re-fueling Your Brain as Well as Your Body

An excerpt from Fitness Magazine

Healthy Snacking

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Think you can’t snack when you’re trying to lose weight? Think again. This healthy, low-calorie snack will satisfy your diet cravings and help you reach your weight-loss goals.

Homemade Trail Mix

For many women, dieting equals food restriction. Snacks? They usually get eliminated in the name of saving calories. But snacking when you’re watching your weight is actually a good idea. “[When dieting,] people often wait too long in between meals, so by the time they eat, they’re so hungry, their portions or choices are out of control,” says Linda McLachlan, RD, CDN, a New Jersey dietitian with Nutrition Matters, LLC. “Snacking helps keep you satisfied and wards off cravings.” Here, seven low-calorie snacks to help you with your diet goals.
Homemade Trail Mix
“Diet-friendly snacking doesn’t necessarily have to be low-fat,” says McLachlan. What’s more important: Portion size. A homemade trail mix of walnuts, mini chocolate chips, and raisins is a snack that’s satisfying (thanks to the sweetness and fat) and healthy for a dieter if portion sizes are kept in check. “Mix a palm full of walnuts with a pinch of chocolate chips and a pinch of raisins — it’s not always realistic to measure,” says McLachlan.
Recommended serving size: about 1 ounce of walnuts and about a teaspoon each of raisins and chocolate chips
Calories: about 250 fitnessmagazine

Icepops 1 Blueberry_rtA great way to keep your healthy snacks cool and fresh (and keep the chocolate in the snack mix from melting) is to use a “freeze and go” Icepops by Cool-it Caddy.  Icepops is a personal cooler that you just pop into your freezer until frozen then fill with your healthy snacks and off you go…..to the golf course, tennis courts, hiking or to the board room where you want to be on top of your game with a brain that is fueled.

 

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